SC State Introduces New Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

PlenumSC State faculty members are now able to publish their scholarly writing and photogenic material in Plenum, SC State’s new peer-reviewed journal of interdisciplinary studies, published through the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. Leonard McIntyre, interim vice president for Research and Economic Development and former dean for the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Gail Joyner-Fleming, interim dean for the College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, were instrumental in the development of Plenum.

“Plenum is a journal that allows SC State faculty members the ability to document their research findings and other contributing materials, in a collaborative effort,” said Dr. Joyner-Fleming.

Accepted in the journal is previously unpublished interdisciplinary research, action research that focuses on interdisciplinary in the classroom, black and white photography, poetry, nonfiction prose, and reviews of recent interdisciplinary work in any field. Research articles are selected through double-blind, external peer review. Other submissions will be reviewed and selected by Plenum editors and the editorial board committee.

The name Plenum, which signifies “fullness,” was derived from Editors Dr. Shafiqur Rahman, and Dr. Angela Shaw-Thornburg, professors in the Department of English and Modern Languages. The first edition was released in May 2009 and features interdisciplinary research articles, contributions and reviews, and a faculty profile of Dr. James Orlick, music program instructor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at SC State.

“Plenum is the first journal of its kind at SC State, and I believe, it will elevate the prestige of the faculty and the University,” said Dr. Rahman. “We felt that it was important to provide an avenue for our faculty to publish their material and have readily access to the journal,” he continued.

“We look forward to expanding the scope of the journal by extending its audience and the scholarship it publishes to include the larger scholarly community of which SC State is a part,” said Dr. Shaw-Thornburg.

The following guidelines must be met when submitting material for the Plenum:
• Manuscripts may be up to 6000 words in length (including notes and bibliographic material), and should be formatted in accordance with the most recent style guide of your primary discipline.
• Manuscripts may be submitted electronically to, Subject Heading: Plenum Article Submission. Attachments should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
• Permission for the use of copyrighted material should accompany all submissions.
• Photographs should be at least 300 dpi and should be submitted on CD in JPEG or TIFF format.

Electronic submission is preferred; paper manuscripts are accepted. No identifying information should be included in the body of the manuscript or attached file. The following information should be placed in the body of the accompanying email or cover letter:
• Name
• Affiliation with SC State
• Email address
• Telephone number
• Physical campus address

Blind copies of paper manuscripts should be submitted in duplicate to:

Angela Shaw-Thornburg & Shafiqur Rahman
Department of English and Modern Languages
SC State University
P.O. Box 7486
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117

The deadline for all submissions is Oct. 15, 2009. The next edition of Plenum will be published in Spring 2010.

For more information contact Dr. Angela Shaw-Thornburg at (803) 536-7944 or Dr. Shafiqur Rahman at (803) 536-8787. The editors may also be contacted via email at